Social media was abuzz with the news that the Houston Astros would be calling up their top first baseman prospect A.J. Reed. The only problem was a player would need to be optioned to the minors in order to make room for Reed. Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced that utility player Tony Kemp would be that man to be sent down after Friday's 13-4 win over the Kansas City Royals.
#Astros will select 1B A.J. Reed to ML roster tomorrow. Tony Kemp optioned to Triple A. Corresponding 40-man roster move to come tomorrow.— Houston Astros (@astros) June 25, 2016
Reed, 23, has batted .266 (59x222) 31 runs scored, 19 doubles, 11 home runs, 36 RBIs in 59 games with Triple-A Fresno in 2016. Hinch noted that the team will face a slew of right-handed pitchers and Reed will be in the lineup on Saturday at designated hitter.
Kemp, 24, batted .238 (10x42) with four runs scored, three RBIs, and a stolen base in 22 games with the Astros. Hinch noted that Kemp wasn't being down for any fault of his own -- he just happen to be the man with the short straw on the roster.